He said that the true test of India’s progress lay in the access and opportunities it provided to girls in education.
He was addressing the faculty and students of Andhra University College of Engineering for Women here after laying the foundation stone of an e-classroom building and an incubation centre.
“The overall gender imbalance in our scientific and technological institutions continues to be a concern,” he said.
“A true test of India’s progress is in the access and opportunities we provide to our daughters when it comes to education,” Kovind said.
He exuded confidence that this centre would enhance the country’s capacity to produce high-quality women engineers and technologists.
“I am happy to note that 40 per cent of students in Andhra University are girls,” he said.
“Some of our leading defence and space scientists who have powered our missile programmes and rocket launches are women. Last week, I was privileged to felicitate Tessy Thomas, known as the Missile Woman of India, at Agra University,” the President said.
The President, who also declared open the Centre for Defence Studies in Andhra University, said research related to defence and military applications and technologies had multiple benefits.
“As experience in other countries has shown, research in defence technologies can also lead to innovations that have diverse civilian applications,” he said.